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The Battle of Futile Blood was a devastating loss for the Tepet legions, and a resounding victory for the army of the Bull of the North.


The legion of House Tepet had been deployed in the northeast to protect the Linowan against the Bull of the North, a Dawn-caste Solar, in RY 763. After the genocide of Fallen Lapis in Ascending Water 764, the Bull's armies deployed more powerful magic than ever before against the Tepet Legions.[1] At the same time, the disappearance of the Scarlet Empress and the return of the Solar Exalted had thrown the Realm into chaos, allowing House Tepet's enemies to undermine the war effort by cutting supplies and reinforcements. The Bronze Faction Sidereals who had been quietly supporting the Legions were also withdrawn.[2]

The Tepet commander, Tepet Arada, quickly realized he was now overmatched, and by Resplendent Water ordered a retreat back to Greyfalls, intending to collect reinforcements along the way. The Bull harassed this retreated non-stop, picking away the already-weakened legions with hit-and-run attacks and delaying them at every turn. After two months, less than halfway to Greyfalls, the remaining legions were forced to stand and fight in the Valley of Shards, where they were slaughtered by the combined forces of the Bull and his Haltan allies, using Celestial Circle sorcery not seen in Creation since the First Age.[1][3]


Beyond the financial costs of losing their prized legions, House Tepet also lost the majority of their Dragon-Blooded members.[4] The shattered Great House has fallen into infighting,[5] while also frantically adopting as many lost eggs as possible to maintain their numbers.[6] Tepet Arada survived the battle but returned to the Blessed Isle in disgrace, haunted by his failure.[7]

The Bull of the North finished his conquests in the East by the start of 765, and has used the years since to consolidate his gains and prepare for the next major offensive.[8] His victory has shaken all Creation, as it proved the Scarlet Empire was no longer the invulnerable behemoth it had long appeared to be. Nations everywhere began to think in serious terms about what will happen when, not if, the Realm finally falls.[9]